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“Overpriced, average food, atrocious service”
Review of Orient

Orient
Ranked #31 of 1,237 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The buzzing place to see and be seen in fashionable Melrose Arch. With its rich décor in colours of silver, purple and copper, Orient is all glitz and glamour with its glass crystals dangling from the ceiling. The interior certainly makes an unforgettable statement and whether you love it or hate it, the attention to detail is simply superb. Offering contemporary Asian cuisine which is beautifully presented, Orient is a big hit with sushi lovers and Johannesburg fashionistas.Owned by Thai Africa restaurants, the group that launched other fashionable favourite Asian restaurants - Wangthai, Oyo and So Yum, the décor at Orient makes a radical departure from the more traditional Asian-style interiors one is accustomed to. It is thanks to designer Anton de Kock's interpretation of the "yin and yang" theme that all the elements of the interior compliment one another so successfully.With authentic Asian Chefs in charge of the kitchen, you can be sure you're eating the real thing. Try the Asian-style oven roast duck, or the steamed fish with a soy and ginger sauce, or select from the range of Chinese dim sum, sushi, Thai or Vietnamese dishes on offer in this trendsetting, slick, modern restaurant. The Peking Duck which is the signature dish is highly recommended. Orient has been graded as one of South Africa's select 5-star venues.
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We used to go to Orient fairly often, raving to friends about it delicous food, exotic cocktails, and great atmosphere. After a very disappointing visit in August 2012, after which we contacted the manager (Johnny) and he apologised and promised to look into our feedback (which we appreciated), we decided to give it another go.
The food was very average. The waiter was rude when our first order of drinks was a glass of water. Such a pity as it really was such a great restaurant, but the steady flow of tourists appears it doesn't really have to worry about maintaining standards. This isn't a once of review, it's now proven itself consistently bad.

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Thank Rav M
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Went to the Orient last night and tried the beef curry, which was recommended to me. I would normally have green curry, but the beef curry was tasty and tender. Thank you for the recommendation.

Thank Justin C
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Just had dinner with group of old friends. The seared salmon is just that: seared outside and rare within, as good as I've had in Jhb, the seared tuna (fellow diner) sadly was overcooked. Service was very good. Cashew nut chicken was reportedly good, as was the prawns.

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Thank Jozisam
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Delicious food - all the "best" Asian style dishes. Quite pricey but I guess you pay for the location (top tourist spot) Service below par but the sushi makes up for it.

Thank BridgetHarpur
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

The menu is very limited but the quality is good. Portions are small. The design of the restaurant can give you a table overlloking the street but feels like a passageway.

Thank Banker361
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